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Hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (Video)


Android Wear devices are finally here and the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first two available, arriving just before the Moto 360’s release later this summer. These two Android Wear smartwatches pave the way for similar devices in the future and set somewhat of a standard that can be improved upon.

Today we’re taking a closer look at both smartwatches, but if you’d like to see a comparison between the two, be sure to check out our previous article here or our initial Android Wear review. Meanwhile, let’s pop open these boxes and go hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Check out our video overview below.

Aside from the difference designs, both watches run identical software. The G Watch seems to have more options within its settings, but all options are available in the Android Wear app that’s currently available in the Play Store. Inside of the app you’ll find options to customize specific actions, change the watch faces, download new apps, and more. Both devices are IP67 dust and water-resistant and come with a charging dock and a quick start guide.


In my opinion, both devices have a solid build quality, but I personally prefer the G Watch’s design, but only after I swapped out the cheap rubber strap with a leather one. The Gear Live looks very similar to Samsung’s Gear 2 and has a comparable build quality. The Gear Live also features a heart rate sensor. For a full specification list, check out our comparison article.

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